Red Claws add to coaching staff by naming Cross assistant under head coach Leitao

The Maine Red Claws announced Thursday that Gene Cross has been named an assistant coach under head coach Dave Leitao.

Cross, an assistant coach with the Utah Flash of the NBA Development League last season, previously served as an assistant under Leitao at the University of Virginia and DePaul University.

Prior to joining the Flash last year, Cross spent two seasons as head coach at the University of Toledo.

Eric Musselman has been named coach of the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the D-League affiliate of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Musselman is a former head coach of the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings in the NBA.

NBA: Toronto Raptors guard Leandro Barbosa signed a contract to play in his native Brazil with Rio de Janeiro-based Flamengo. The deal includes a clause that would allow him to return to the NBA if the lockout ends.

WNBA: Cappie Pondexter hit a jumper with 24.3 seconds left in overtime and finished with 27 points to help the New York Liberty rally for an 84-81 victory against the Connecticut Sun at Newark, N.J.

Seimone Augustus scored 18 points and Maya Moore added 14 as the visiting Minnesota Lynx routed the Washington Mystics, 81-62.


FIELD HOCKEY: Six members of the Maine Majestix field hockey club have been selected to participate in the Futures Elite Program of USA Field Hockey.

Nicole Sevey, Sarah Finnemore and Allison Lancaster of Skowhegan, Katie Bernatchez and Kristy Bernatchez of Messalonskee and goalkeeper Julia Ward of Belfast will be considered for the 2012 junior women’s national championship. The Futures Elite Program identifies the top 180 high school field hockey players in the nation.


LITTLE LEAGUE: Cole McKenzie had a two-run double and Billings, Mont., overcame three solo homers by Rapid City, S.D., in a 6-4 victory at South Williamsport, Pa.

Jorge Jacobo pitched a two-hitter to lead Mexicali, Mexico, to a 3-0 victory over Kaoshiung, Taiwan.

Yoshiki Suzuki hit a grand slam in the second inning to lead Hamamatsu City, Japan, to a 12-1 victory over Oranjestad, Aruba.

Reliever Haden Erbe got the final three outs with the bases loaded as Lafayette, La., held off Warner Robins, Ga., for a 2-0 win.


NHL: Phoenix re-signed restricted free-agent forward Mikkel Boedker to a two-year contract.

New Jersey center Travis Zajac had surgery to repair his left Achilles tendon and will miss at least a month and a half of the season, General Manager Lou Lamoriello.

AHL: The Portland Pirates announced their schedule for the 2011-12 season, which opens Saturday, Oct. 8, on the road against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Portland’s home opener is Oct. 15 against the Manchester Monarchs.


WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN: Rafael Nadal joined Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the quarterfinals by surviving a three-set match against Fernando Verdasco, winning 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (9) at Mason, Ohio.

On the women’s side, second-seeded Vera Zvonareva advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Petra Martic.

– From staff and news services